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Averett University
Averett's culture of personal attention prepares students for success. With a 14:1 student-faculty ratio,...

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

Averett’s culture of personal attention prepares students for success. With a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, passionate professors, and strong academic support; graduates are confident thinkers and capable doers, ready to serve and lead.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
852 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
39% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
56 full-time faculty
33 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

58.2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing.

Main campus in Danville, Virginia for traditional undergrads. Adult learner sites at Danville, South Boston, Martinsville, Roanoke, Richmond, Quantico, Chesapeake and Newport News

School Location

Main campus in Danville, Virginia for traditional undergraduates. Adult learner sites at Danville, Galax, Abingdon, Martinsville, South Boston, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Quantico, Richard Bland, Richmond, Chesapeake, and Newport News .


55% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)


33% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 28%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


13 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s teams competing in the USA South Conference. Mascot: Cougar  
Colors: Blue and Gold 


Averett University is a coeducational, private, liberal arts institution that was founded in 1859. It is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academic Programs

Traditional Undergraduate Academic Programs 

Aeronautics, Applied Science, Art, Athletic Training, Biological and Physical Sciences, Business Administration (minor), Business Management Science, Communication and Journalism, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Equestrian Studies, French (minor), History and Political Science, Honors Program, Human-Computer Interaction (minor), Mathematics, Medical Technology, Modern Languages, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish (minor), Special Education (minor), Theatre, Women and Gender Studies (minor). 

Adult Degree Programs 

Associate of Science – Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science – Leadership Studies Concentration, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Administration – Marketing Concentration, Master of Business Administration – Leadership Concentration, Master of Business Administration – Human Resource Management Concentration, Master of Education – Administration and Supervision, Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction Concentration, Master of Education in Special Education – K-12 Endorsement Track, Master of Education in Special Education – K-12 Virginia Licensure Track

More Distinctions

  • For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Averett among the top 25 Regional Colleges in the South in its Best Colleges guide. Averett is the highest-ranking Virginia school among the 74 top tier schools listed as Regional Colleges.

  • The Princeton Review has ranked Averett as one of the “Best in the Southeast” in its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” guide.

  • Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Averett as one of Virginia’s top colleges for return on investment.

  • The website StateUniversity.com has ranked Averett University #3 in Virginia for campus safety.

  • For the fifth consecutive year, Averett has been ranked among the top 20 percent of America’s most military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs magazine.

An Individualized Education

Averett’s size is its greatest strength! Students aren’t lost in the crowd. Instead, they’re nurtured and supported by caring, experienced faculty and staff in a vibrant and active campus environment. Engaging faculty in turn engage their students in experiential, hands-on, learning that is interactive, meaningful, and relevant to careers. Averett students complete general education requirements and fulfill graduation requirements in part through out-of-the-classroom activities such as undergraduate research, service learning, internships at area organizations, and clinicals/practicums.

Study Abroad

Averett offers long-term as well as short-term study-abroad programs. There is no experience like that of living and learning in another country: immersed in a different language, culture, food, new friends. Employers are always on the lookout for “risk takers” who have demonstrated their self-reliance, leadership and critical thinking skills … and what better way to gain that experience than by studying abroad?  Averett, through its company affiliations, exchange programs, articulation agreements, and faculty led study courses, offers a great variety of opportunity for summer study, semester- or year-abroad programs in many countries.

Honors Program

For students who qualify, Averett’s impressive Honors Program creates opportunities to step beyond regular classroom study. Honors students explore in-depth selected areas of academics. Honors Program participation demonstrates a commitment to scholarship and Honors students have an edge in graduate study or in the job market.

The Galesi Family Student Success Center

The Galesi Family Student Success Center engages students and enhances their academic performance, deepens satisfaction with scholarly and extra-curricular experiences, assists students with essential learning strategies to succeed in Averett’s classroom and in the job market upon graduation. The Center’s proactive and sustained support model enhances individual academic success with current technology, tutoring services, group study tables, writing assistance, and math and science labs.

Leaders on Campus

Averett students take an active role in shaping their college experience and the future of the University. Student representatives on Averett boards and committees have an equal voice in matters of programs, issues and policy. In this way and others, Averett develops students into thoughtful leaders for the future.


Averett’s student-centered educational philosophy means the University focuses on individual success for each student. Averett professors are professionals as well as scholars, dedicated to teaching and mentoring students. They bring their years of real-world experience to the classroom and their first-hand understanding of student needs and aspirations (nearly half have taught at Averett for more than 15 years) to their one-on-one interactions with students. Averett continuously evaluates its academic programs to ensure that it is meeting student and market needs.

Health Sciences Initiative

Averett created its expanded health sciences initiative because approximately 90 percent of graduates from Averett’s biological and physical sciences department over the last four years are employed or seeking further training in healthcare. The initiative includes investigating possible new academic programs in nursing and sports medicine. Community support is very high for the initiative, with more than $2.4 Million donated in less than a year. That generosity is making possible the new cutting-edge simulations labs that are being built at Averett’s Riverview Campus in Danville’s Historic Tobacco Warehouse District. Health Sciences students will be able to practice and learn on simulative mannequins before facing real patients. Although it might be hard to tell the difference at times – the simulators are designed to react like humans; for example, they sweat!

Technology in the Classroom

Averett knows that learning technology plays an important role for students in other majors too! A new full-motion flight simulator allows Aeronautics students to gain experience in conditions and locales they might not experience in thousands of hours of real flying. For example, they can practice take-offs and landing in the high-altitude and low-humidity around Denver – without leaving the ground in Danville, which sits at an altitude of less than 600 feet.

Campus Life

College is hard work, but Averett students also know that college should be fun – and they know how to have fun!  There are a multitude of student clubs, organizations, programs, intramurals, service projects, activities, NCAA athletic teams, and leadership roles for students to be involved in on and off campus.  During their four years of college, the average AU student spends 1,555,200 minutes outside the classroom. That’s 25,920 hours! Averett students use that time to explore, to learn, to experience, to lead, to serve, to try something new, and to fully enjoy their college experience by taking advantage of the many and varied opportunities offered to them.

The Arts on Campus

Pritchett Auditorium is “home stage” for the Averett Theatre Players, and hosts visiting artists for Arts@Averett performances. The Ember and The Chanticleer – two student-run publications – give voice to many of Averett’s rising writers, poets, artists and journalists. Movies and concerts on the lawn of the Student Center are popular with students during Danville’s mild fall and spring weather.

Random Acts of Kindness

At a small, vibrant school like Averett, individual students can make a big impact in a short amount of time. In the fall of 2011, Averett RA’s started performing Random Acts of Kindness. After a few offices across campus were the target of a Random Act of Kindness, the idea began to spread. Before long, the local ABC station had a camera team interviewing Averett students and following them around town to film their Random Acts of Kindness! In just a few months, the idea went from an RA meeting to being on the six o’clock news. And that’s just one example of how “Cougars Can!”

The City of Danville

Averett partners with the City of Danville – home to a fine arts museum, symphony orchestra, live theatres and a downtown murals project – to connect students with the local arts community. It’s also a great city in which to just get outside. Danville has been ranked a Playful City for several years running by Playful City USA.

A Lifetime of Success

Averett University’s educational philosophy is simple yet powerfully important: prepare Averett students for a lifetime of success. Averett students receive the skills and knowledge they need to get that first job or enter graduate school. They also  develop the habits of the mind that allow them to adapt to a constantly changing world and to be catalysts for positive change in it.

Pairing the Liberal Arts with Hands-on Experience

Averett’s programs combine the liberal arts with professional education. Experts agree that, regardless of one’s job, a person must be able to analyze information, think critically, communicate effectively, work in teams, and adapt to new conditions-the very skills provided by a liberal arts education. In addition, one must have the ability to apply specialized information-the skills provided by an academic major. Averett students are required to participate in an internship, practicum or service learning experience. As a result, Averett’s graduate placement rate into jobs or graduate school ranges between 90  and 100 percent, depending on the academic major

Averett University provides a powerful university experience that will energize an individual for a first job, for a lifetime career and for productive life-long citizenship.



1,878 Total Applicants
1,120 Total Admissions
210 Total Freshmen Enrollment

59.64% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 410 510
SAT Math 420 518
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 16 22
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Admissions and Financial Aid

Averett offers the quality of education that comes with small classes and personal attention, for only slightly more than the cost of attending a large state school. Students benefit from daily interaction with professors who are experts in their field. This level of personal, quality education is within financial reach and the return on such an investment is a lifetime of personal and professional success.  Four year scholarships for first year students, transfers or international students range from $16,000 to $56,000 depending on their high school cumulative grade point average, SAT or ACT test score, and college preparatory curriculum (see requirements below).  Many other scholarships are available in addition to the merit scholarships. Information about these can be found at Averett’s website: www.averett.edu/financial-aid

Averett has a selective admissions process. Applicants to Averett are evaluated based on the total picture that their credentials present. The following items are required with all applications for admission:

  • A complete Averett admissions application (available online – OR, we also accept the Common Application)
  • Current high schools transcripts:
    • High School Grade Point Average (GPA) of no less than a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • The average cumulative high school GPA of an Averett freshman is 3.16
    • High School course completion must include a minimum of 16 acceptable units in grades 9-12: 4 English, 3 College Prep Math, 3 Lab Sciences, and 3 History and Social Sciences
  • SAT or ACT test score(s)
    • SAT minimum two-score (Critical Reading and Math) of 850.
    • The average ACT composite score of an Averett freshman is 20.The average SAT of an Averett freshman is 95
    • ACT minimum composite score of 17.


* International students must submit a TOEFL score

Averett also has a rolling admissions process. Applications will be accepted through August 15 of each year. To maximize Averett aid and scholarships, applications should be submitted and completed by the end of January.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $29,150
Room and Board (on campus) $8,600
Room Only $5,810
Board Only $2,790
Estimated Total On Campus $37,750


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
83% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$14,499 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$12,044 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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